Food reactions are basically reactions that people encounter when they consume a particular type of food.However the confusing part of this to many people is if what they we felt was an allergy or an intolerance.It may surprise you to know that many of the reactions you observe after taking a particular may be food intolerance and not an allergy as we always assume.
In this the post we are would try and make clear the difference between food allergy and intolerance.The difference is based on how you react to food and how your body responds to it.
Food allergy is occurs via the immune system.When food is eaten,part of it is detected by immunoglobulins (antibodies in the blood that fight infection) as a foreign body hence an immune reaction is triggered upon release of immunoglobulin E (IgE) in large amounts.
It is said to be immunologic in nature.
You do not have to eat the food in order to have an allergy but you can be exposed through skin contact or breathing in the substance.
Symptoms includes the following:
-Hives (which is an itchy rash on the skin)
-Swelling of the arms or legs
-Swelling of the throat
-Difficulty breathing, vomiting or diarrhea.
These symptoms are all due to the immune system response to the food.
COMMON FOODS KNOWN TO CAUSE ALLERGIC REACTIONS.
Peanuts, Tree nuts (walnuts, almonds, cashews, pecans, etc), wheat, soy, fish, shellfish, milk and eggs.
Allergies to egg,nuts and shellfish may last a lifetime and should be completley avoided.
Some of the symptoms of food intolerance and food allergy are similar, but the differences between the two are very important.
Food intolerance has to do with the digestive system.It occurs due to the body’s inability to digest certain food.
Lactose intolerance is one of the common forms of food intolerance. It occurs due to the inability of the body to digest lactose in the milk leading to bloating and flatulence.
Though it makes you feel unease,it is not life threatening.Food can be avoided but not completely eliminated.
Symptoms of food intolerance includes: Bloating
Diarrhea & Vomiting
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